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Poster: kochman Date: Jul 30, 2007 10:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Question - favorite show and why

What is your favorite show? And why?

I cannot even answer this one myself, but am really looking for some ideas for new downloads. I think the why part should be interesting also.

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Poster: nagdot Date: Jul 30, 2007 10:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question - favorite show and why

6-6-92 rich stadium-buffalo ny. first and only show. was sober due to my b-day being on the 4th. altho i did give away alot of lucy. would love a complete sbd of this show. i do have a good aud.

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Poster: northstar dead Date: Jul 30, 2007 1:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question - favorite show and why

I am sorry that was your one and only show. IMO that one was so,so.

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Poster: patkelley Date: Jul 30, 2007 11:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question - favorite show and why

Gotta be 6-25-85 Blossom. It was one of the best sounding tapes I had as a younger person, and is one of those recordings that i can go back to every couple months and get something new out of each time. Long first set with a swinging Railroad Blues and Jack Straw, sweet Row Jimmy, and the best Playin' of the 1980s in set II, I think.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Jul 30, 2007 11:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question - favorite show and why

5-6-81 - mainly because I was there, it's my bday - and I'll never forget "This ones for Bobby Sands". Since finding the 'archive' and having listened to the show countless times since discovering it - I like it each time. 11-2-79 is probably #2 (oops) for me.

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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Jul 30, 2007 1:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question - favorite show and why

Have to agree with you J, and hey I was at the 5/6/81 show as well. Middle of the floor during the highlight of my touring career. The best He's Gone jam these ears had ever heard....

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Jul 30, 2007 2:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question - favorite show and why

Such a treat to find it on the archives - I haden't listened to GD for a long time, then hearing Bertha one day on WBAB at the office and I was hooked again

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Jul 30, 2007 11:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question - favorite show and why

For me, 2-28-69:

1) Sublime Dark Star with some of Jerry's most beautiful ever guitar tone (particularly from 6 minutes on)
2) Best-ever The Eleven (!!!)
3) Any show with a Death Don't Have No Mercy merits consideration
4) A TOO that doesn't quite match 3-1-69 (or, okay WT, 12-29-68) but is really solid
5) An Alligator>Caution>Feedback>BYG that is shorter than 3-2-69 but has this highly stimulating exploratory quality--like they're forever just slightly out of the groove rhythmically and harmonically and so they make some great music maneuvering towards one another.

Plus, there's the whole first set to enjoy.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jul 30, 2007 10:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question - favorite show and why

Of the handful of shows I attended I'd have to say that my favourite was the last one. Wembley Arena, London, Halloween 1990. I went on at some length about this one a few months back and really stand by all I said then. If anyone is interested its all here:

http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=110514

It's obviously a damned sight more difficult to pick out a favourite of the many many shows I didn't see in person. So I'll just nominate one that's been giving me some considerable pleasure of late - Pauley Pavilion 17-11-73. Why? Because I think the Playin'-Uncle John's-Wharf Rat-Uncle John's-Playing in that show may well be one of the finest extended sequences of music that this or any other band has ever pulled off. It is a thing of beauty - a construction of gravity-defying grace and light. When they turn into the homestretch with the Playin' riff at the end my heart soars to the ceiling every damn time I listen to it.

And then Donna kicks in. But hell you can't have everything in life...

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Poster: kochman Date: Jul 30, 2007 10:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question - favorite show and why

I thought it was playin>UJB>dew>UJB>playin...

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jul 30, 2007 10:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question - favorite show and why

Yup - seems my brain became temporarily unhinged from its moorings.

So shoot me. I'm a dilettan2e, a jack 2hit poster and likely a 2bie too. When you bring the body home tell 'em cliff sent ya.

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Poster: kochman Date: Jul 30, 2007 10:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question - favorite show and why

i'll ignore the aggressive part of that, and say, if you haven't, you should also check out 11-11 & 11-14 from the same year.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jul 30, 2007 10:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question - favorite show and why

Aggressive? Not hardly. Merely bluster to hide my embarrassment.

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Poster: kochman Date: Jul 30, 2007 11:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question - favorite show and why

have you heard the other two shows?

11-11 has a Dark Star>MLB Jam>Eyes>China Doll

and 11-14 goes into the other one like five times

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jul 30, 2007 11:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question - favorite show and why

11/11 is well known to me - but it sounds like 11-14 is a pleasure I should line up before too long.

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Poster: swamiGD80s Date: Jul 30, 2007 11:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question - favorite show and why

10/31/83 Marin County

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Poster: wineland Date: Jul 30, 2007 10:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question - favorite show and why

That answer is a moving target. Right now, it is 7.31.82. Check back with me in a week or two and I'll have a different show for you.

Why is it so good? It is the day before Jerry's 40th bday and the band is firing on all cylanders. They seem to be having lots of fun. There are certain periods in which the Dead are at the top of their game. Aug 82 is among them, along with Feb 68, May 77, Nov 79, May 72, etcn. Brent gets nasty with LLR. And the Dew is right up there among my favoites. In fact, the whole second set gets me movin'.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd82-07-31.sbd.miller.31002.sbeok.flacf

4.29.71 is growing on me. The final show at the Fillmore East. I guess if there is a story (birthday, last show of a venue) then I can get more into it. Probably why I turn up the stereo to volume 11 between songs to hear the banter. 4.29.71 has a great Hard to Handle and Bobby McGee, among others. The Alligator>Drumz>Jam>GDTRFB>CRS is smokin'. And what would be most fitting for this end of Uncle Bobo's beloved Fillmore East? Sugar Magnolia. Seek out the SBD, the AUD here is rough.

This post was modified by wineland on 2007-07-30 17:23:41

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Jul 30, 2007 11:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question - favorite show and why

Agreed on the Alligator jam. Also lovely Morning Dew.

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Poster: JamminJerome Date: Jul 30, 2007 1:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question - favorite show and why

On most days, my favorite show is 3/29/90. Brent at his best (other than maybe 79), and Branford = intensity.

Runners up? 2/27/69 - 3/2/69 for obvious reasons. I can't pick just one standout as a favorite. This is my favorite run.

My favorite long stretch of shows is late Oct - December 1979. Very funky period for the band, many a great Shakedown comes from these days. The band is solid and refreshed with the addition of Brent and the subtraction of Donna (my opinion).

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Poster: waynecs Date: Jul 30, 2007 1:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question - favorite show and why

attended - 9/21/72 (dp36)

tape - probably 2/27/69 w/ the gold standard of st stephens.(DS>SS on LiveDead)

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Poster: BryanE Date: Jul 30, 2007 8:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question - favorite show and why

Either my first, 10/10/76, because it was an important day in my life. And it was such a @#%&*! amazing show. Off the charts mindblowing. Listen to Dick's Picks 33 for more details.

Or 8/16/80. Second set thunderstorm. Wow.

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Jul 30, 2007 8:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question - favorite show and why

What an amazing first show for you! Best ever Dancin' in my book.

That reminds me of a close friend whose first was the Mosque, Richmond show in May 77 (an amazing performance, for anyone who hasn't heard it) and even snuck in to catch a Jack Straw soundcheck that has never found its way out to the wider world. But of course he was addled enough and so caught up in the moment that he has no particular memory of the music. Ah, youth!

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Poster: BryanE Date: Jul 31, 2007 3:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question - favorite show and why

Over the years I've never been able to say quite enough about what that first show was all about for me. I had just turned 15 and had been listening to rock and roll since I first heard my big sister and the girl from across the street going bonkers in the room next to mine to I Want To Hold Your Hand. I wanted so badly to see a concert. I had bought tix earlier that year for Led Zep, but that tour fell through. Bill Graham had been doing the Day on the Green shows at Oakland Coliseum for a while-sis saw an extravaganza in '75 (?) with Frampton, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, and who knows whatever else-when he announced the late season lineup of The Who and The Grateful Dead. I'd known of The Who for years, but my knowledge of the Dead was so limited that it barely even qualified as limited.

First rock and roll concert. First dose of LSD (Ah, youth indeed). First time I ever heard The Grateful Dead.

I could go on and on and . . . . .

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Poster: alawson2 Date: Jul 31, 2007 2:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question - favorite show and why

My all time favorite show to listen to is one that doesn't get enough mention being that it is only available as an audience recording but don't let that scare you away. The 11/8/70 Port Chester show to me is the ultimate show. Great acoustic set, (in fact the last acoustic set until 1980), an electric set that rivals 5/2/70 Harpur College for best show of 1970, rarities galore such as "Mystery Train",'My Babe", "New Orleans","Searchin', a fantastic Morning Dew and my favorite segue ever of Dark Star>The Main Ten>Dancing In The Streets> PLUS NFA>GDTRFB>NFA and Good Lovin' to close things out nicely. This must be heard! Here is a link to the torrent:http://bt.etree.org/details.php?id=9488
Do yourself a favor and check out this show! I love hearing even the guy in the audience with the duck call during Dark Star which inspires Weir to say "Come on now this is serious" At this point Hart lets out a series of chilling gong sounds, feedback ensues, a person in the audience shrieks from the wierdness of it all and then the band rolls out "The Main Ten"! Amazing set! And then theres a long intro that turns into "Dancing In The Street" with a flick of Billy's wrist and off they go again into an all time version of the early pre disco arrangement. The omnipotent Grateful Dead! This is a must have show!

This post was modified by alawson2 on 2007-07-31 09:14:20

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jul 30, 2007 10:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question - favorite show and why

On tape? Can't answer that. Way too many candidates, no way to pick one.

Saw live? In terms of performance, the Richmond 85 Gloria show was amazing. But I prefer to answer based on overall experience, a combination of show quality AND everything else that goes along with seeing the show. Given that, I probably would go with Oxford 88 (the guy in Richmond who blew on my shows kind of took away valuable points from that show). Absolute blast from leaving the house on the way up to Maine, to taking an extra tab for the drive home (I know, very irresponsible, but sure was the best car "trip" ever). That and both shows were very, very good with some stellar moments. The Knick shows in 1990 were also a perfect combination of great atmosphere, great music, and great experience. Oh, yeah, so was Red Rocks. Wait, so was SPAC. Ah, hell, it's like Bill Walton said when asked what was HIS favorite show, to which he replied "The next one". Each one had it's moments that were incredible, be they musically or otherwise, and are forever in my memory and will always serve as my "Happy Place" to go to in times of strees.

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Jul 30, 2007 10:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question - favorite show and why

Wow, were those your shorts? Damn, I'm sorry....

(just kiddin' obviously)

Both 11/1 and 11/2 were knockouts, esp. 11/1.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jul 30, 2007 11:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question - favorite show and why

Don't know where to begin so I will start with best show I saw live. That would be 10-31-91. The kesey moment could be one of the most amazing dead experiences ever.

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Jul 30, 2007 10:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question - favorite show and why

No can do--that's like asking who my favorite child is!

Besides, I would be biased towards shows I was at. Now, maybe I could do a top 20 . . . . .

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Poster: kochman Date: Jul 30, 2007 10:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question - favorite show and why

go for it!

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Jul 30, 2007 12:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question - favorite show and why

2-14-68
8-23-68
8-24-68
1-26-69
2-12-69 a* and b*
2-27-69
2-28-69
3-01-69
4-06-69
4-23-69
6-22-69* (you had to be there)
2-11-70 b*
2-13-70 b*
2-14-70 b*
5-02-70
5-15-70 a* and b*
9-19-70*
9-20-70*
4-28-71*
4-29-71*
11-07-71
3-25-72*
4-14-72
5-11-72
5-26-72
9-21-72*
9-27-72*
11-19-72
12-06-73*

*Disclaimer. I was at these concerts and my opinion may be a little bit biased--but not much. 12-06-73 is highly underrated, for example.

Oops-- almost thirty.

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Jul 30, 2007 1:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question - favorite show and why

Grate list! I need to listen to Rotterdam again--it's been a long time. Is it there just for the Dark Star or for the whole deal?

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Jul 30, 2007 2:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question - favorite show and why

It's the real deal:but then again so are almost all of the Europe '72 shows. I can not speak highly enough of that run.

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Poster: kochman Date: Jul 30, 2007 2:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question - favorite show and why

so, uh, you like the early stuff then...

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jul 30, 2007 2:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question - favorite show and why

while opinions will vary, PLEASE do not deny yourself the pleasures of what I believe is simply the greatest Dead show of all time:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd77-10-29.sbd.kempa.280.sbeok.shnf

The show reveals the band playing with power, precision, passion, and near perfection. They songs are perfromed at a relaxed pace (check out Phil's picture-perfect loping bass notes that drop into the opening of BERTHA; the gorgeous notes Jerry plays with in the opening of EYES before he takes off into the stratosphere)...

there are few lyrical flubs (I can't think of any off the top) and Jerry simply belts out vocally on tunes like MIGHT AS WELL and BLACK PETER...

The JACK STRAW has the greatest build up to the "witchita" verse i've ever heard...there are longer versions of the tune but none better. The LET IT GROW is often cited as one of the best ever (and I don't even list it among the best songs in THIS show.

The 2nd set is monster of jamming that includes a bluesy AND rocked-out STEPHEN, a killer NFA, a ridiculously mad-cap SUGAR MAGNOLIA that features an impromptu drumming frenzy by Mickey and Billy just before the SSDD.

Nothing in this show, played at an intimate college fieldhouse in Northern Illinois disappoints. It swings, sings, rocks, inspires...lifts the soul.

There's a great RAMBLE ON ROSE as well, so "do yourself a favor" and check out 10/29/77. Play it loud and play it proud!

GC

p.s. As far as attended shows: 3/29/90 w/Branford, 7/18/89 Alpine Valley--all 3 nights amazing, and of course my first show ever: 1/11/79, Nassau Coliseum, the show that put me on the bus for the long haul.

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Jul 30, 2007 2:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question - favorite show and why

To me there is G.D. before 73 and gd after. But please remember-that's when I saw the band. I like the early Rolling Stones stuff--Out of Our Heads, Aftermath--through Goat's Head Soup--but most folks who do to see them have no idea what I'm talking about.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jul 30, 2007 2:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question - favorite show and why

So, you will listen to some of the Mick Taylor era, but do away with Ronnie Wood and prefer Brian Jones? I completely understand that approach.

BTW, Brian Jonestown Massacre is one of the best band names ever.

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